Friends who attend a community boxercise class in south Leamington have been inspired to take on the Wolf Run together to raise funds for two charities.
Some 26 people who attend the classes run by Midland boxing champion Michael Jephcott and Active South Leamington have signed up to run the 10k muddy obstacle course near Offchurch in September in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Myton Hospices.
Michael, a boxer at Cleary’s Boxing Gym in Leamington known to many as ‘Jeffers’, set up the free class last year to help encourage others to get fit and healthy after he himself shed nine stone - more than half his original body weight - and earned his boxing title.
Among those to attend his class is Jenny Rudel, who said: “Most of us are at the class to lose weight, tone up and get fit - and since starting we’ve all become really good friends and really enjoy the class. It’s great fun and has helped all of us with our weight loss goals.
“I decided I wanted to do the Wolf Run as a personal challenge and I mentioned it to a few people at the class and they seemed really up for it.”
The Wolf Run operates a group discount where if five people sign up, one of them gains free entry, so the boxercise group - who have named themselves ‘Jeffers’ Knockouts’ - decided to use the funds they saved in entry fees to kickstart their Justgiving donation page - but they are hoping to raise a total of at least £1,000.
Jenny added: “At the moment we’re training as much as we can - we have classes on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.”
To sponsor Jeffers’ Knockouts, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/jeffersknockoutsrunforcharity
Active South Leamington provides free and low cost exercise, sports and activities in the Brunswick and Sydenham areas, using funding from Sport England, People’s Health Trust, Healthy Warwickshire Partnership, Orbit, Warwick District Council and others, with support from the Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs, Support Sport and Sky Blues in the Community.
To find out more and see the programme of weekly activities, visit www.activesl.org.uk